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Sarah Palin Slams Chris Christie: "I'm On Team Rand"

"Chris Christie's for more government and his record proves that, whereas Rand Paul with that healthy libertarian streak that we need more of, in our politicians, team Rand Paul."

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Former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Saturday she sided with Rand Paul in the ongoing feud between the Kentucky senator and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Palin was appearing on Fox New's Cashin' In.

"I'm on team Rand. Rand Paul understands. He gets the whole notion of don't tread on me government. Whereas Chris Christie is for big government and trying to go-along-to-get along in so many respects," Palin said.

Palin added that many of the New Jersey governor's classic moments were in fact setup with what the former governor called a "YouTube videographer."

"And ya' know, some people look at him as 'ah man, he's a governor who goes rogue.' No, ya' know he's got a shtick going there where he's got a YouTube videographer following him around, kind of these set up situations sometimes so he can be seen as perhaps going rogue," said Palin. "But Chris Christie's for more government and his record proves that, whereas Rand Paul with that healthy libertarian streak that we need more of, in our politicians, team Rand Paul."

Christie and Paul's feud began when, at a forum in Colorado, Christie cautioned against the increasing influence of libertarianism in the Republican party.

"As a former prosecutor who was appointed by President George W. Bush on Sept. 10, 2001, I just want us to be really cautious, because this strain of libertarianism that's going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought," Christie said

Paul fired back at Christie, saying politicians like Christie are "precisely the same people who are unwilling to cut the spending, and their 'Gimme, gimme, gimme — give me all my Sandy money now.' Those are the people who are bankrupting the government and not letting enough money be left over for national defense."

In an interview on on Fox News' online show Power Play, senator and potential 2016 Republican primary contender Ted Cruz said he stood with Rand Paul as well in late July.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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